Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs play Okolona, Louisville in Aberdeen Invitational

ABERDEEN – Their planned opponent West Oktibbeha may have canceled, but that didn’t mean Aberdeen didn’t get some playing time in at the Aberdeen Invitational on Saturday.
Okolona and Louisville, who had played each other earlier in the day in both boys and girls action, each stayed and played the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs for a half of play.

Melissa Meador/Monroe JournalAberdeen point guard Aaron McMillian gets ready to pass to an open teammate on Saturday at the Aberdeen Invitational.

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Aberdeen point guard Aaron McMillian gets ready to pass to an open teammate on Saturday at the Aberdeen Invitational.

Aberdeen coach Roy Hazzle said he was disappointed his team didn’t get to play West Oktibbeha but was grateful for Louisville and Okolona for staying and competing against his Bulldogs.
“We benefited today from timing, execution and some things we need to do in order to make that run and go to the next level,” Hazzle said. “We just appreciate Louisville and Okolona for coming. They don’t know how much it meant to us for them to show up and participate in our tournament to make it a success. Hats go off to them. We want our guys to continue to strive to have great attitudes and play with great sportsmanship.”
At the end of the half of play against Louisville, Aberdeen led 60-21. Justin Lucas scored the first six points for the Bulldogs on two baskets and a pair of free throws. The Bulldogs made six 3-pointers in the game, including two by Aaron McMillian.
Against Okolona, Aberdeen led 54-9 at the end of play, rolling out to an 18-0 lead before the Chieftains got on the board.
After a disappointing loss in the finals of the Monroe County Tournament last week, Aberdeen rebounded by opening up division play with an 88-33 win over South Pontotoc. Hazzle said he’s liked what he’s seen out of his team during the past week of practice.

Melissa Meador/Monroe JournalAberdeen's Alexis Walker brings the ball back down court against Louisville on Saturday at the Aberdeen Invitational.

Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
Aberdeen’s Alexis Walker brings the ball back down court against Louisville on Saturday at the Aberdeen Invitational.

“We worked on executing. We ran and set up some special plays that we’ve been working on, and we executed them well in our game last night and also tonight,” Hazzle said. “I’m just proud of the young men. We opened up the division with the win, and it was a big one. That got us going in the right direction.”
Thirteen Bulldogs got in the scoring action on Friday night, and almost as many scored points during Saturday’s play.
“The shots fell last night, and when our shots are falling, we’re tough to beat. I’m proud of the effort I’ve seen. They’ve just got to stay focused and get consistent in all phases of the game,” Hazzle said.

Lady Bulldogs fall to Louisville, Okolona
After a half of play against each team, the Lady Bulldogs were behind 18-16 against Louisville and 24-18 to Okolona.
Down by 10 at the beginning of the second, Aberdeen started to mount a comeback, going on a 9-2 run with Alexis Walker scoring 8 of the 9 points.
Walker also scored 10 of the Lady Bulldogs’ 18 points against Okolona, including hitting two 3-pointers.